Following hot on the heels of the success of my first socks is my first piece of 'grown up' knitting: Wisp. I think I saw it on Ravelry and absolutely loved it. I wanted something that would grow quite quickly and not be too difficult. I figured I could manage this.
You're supposed to use 2 balls of Rowan Kidsilk Haze, but at £7 per ball I decided to look for something a bit cheaper, just in case it all went wrong. I found this at Laughing Hens for £7.95 for 50 grams:
It's Fyberspates Lace Kid Mohair with Nylon. I was really worried though when it arrived and I saw what lace weight yarn really looked and felt like. There's hardly anything there! It was even more scary when I tried to wind it into a ball (any advice on this would be gratefully received!). But I managed with the help of a chair-back!
The next 'issue' was knitting something so fine on 5mm needles (which I couldn't find since Nipper had been in the knitting box and had one of them away, so it's on 4.5mm instead). I asked at the LYS for lace needles but they said they don't exist. Oh well, I'll have to suffer for my art - lol! It's not too bad so far though as I've got used to the yarn and needle combination now.
Here's a close-up of the stitch pattern. I cast on extra stitches and I'll continue the pattern repeats till I run out of yarn. This will make it more of a shawl than a scarf and it'll be lovely for the winter.
I'm going to be 'home alone' for the rest of the week as Mr Earplugs has been despatched abroad for the 3rd time in 3 weeks. The kids will no doubt drive me loony but at least I'll get some knitting done in the evenings!
PS. I also have a new pair of socks on the needles - there's no stopping me now!